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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jul 30, 2010 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cutting Drums

I have to admit that when shows were on cassettes, I would sometimes cut drums to fit the 2nd set jam on one tape, I would also, and still do, cut many encores (Useless Blues, Don't Ease etc.) because I had so many other versions of the same encore. These days, I keep the drums, if only for continuity in the jam.

I will say that 1st sets and 2nd set pre-jam tunes are not so sacred to me. I will cut some of the songs that I have (literally) hundreds of versions of, or just don't listen to. Most often they are Bobby tunes (I doubt I will ever download another Mexicali or Victim Or The Crime again).

Don't get me wrong, I have my share of musically complete shows. Like a lot of us, I have particular fondness for shows that I attended and tend to keep those intact to relive the experience. I'm not, however, against owning edited versions of some shows. For a lot of shows I have picked the individual songs from the 1st and beginning of the 2nd set that I think are good versions, and generally keep the second set jam intact (although, now that I think of it, I have shows that only have the pre or post drums segment of set 2).

I can absolutely appreciate those who want every second of every show. For my listening enjoyment, however, it's not that important to have the complete unedited record of every show I have. I just want tunes and jams that I want to listen to and I don't want to have to keep pressing the forward button to skip over tunes that I will, frankly, never listen to. I routinely edit out "tuning", "take a step back" and most stage banter, unless it is somehow interesting. I even (gasp.. don't hate me!) often edit out the little ditties like Beer Barrell Polka, just not interested.